This website is for Newport residents concerned with protecting the amenity of their town. It’s a mechanism for information exchange between like minded Newport residents. It is not a public forum to discuss the merits of its stated objectives, but a place where people who agree with its objectives and current issues can communicate and collaborate.
1. The quality of being pleasant or attractive; agreeableness.
2. Something that contributes to physical or material comfort.
3. A feature that increases attractiveness or value, especially of a piece of real estate or a geographic location.
4. “amenities” Social courtesies.
What are we trying to protect?
Local Residents and Public Amenity
Newport is a great place, and most people having grown up in Newport or more recently moved into Newport appreciate the various positive attributes of the area. Its sense of history, community, pleasant quiet streets and parks, good infrastructure and local facilities.
As modern pressures continue to build, these positive attributes are under threat. A concerted effort needs to be made (by residents, governing bodies) to not only maintain our present level of amenity, but taking positive action at these pivotal times to improve Newport for our families future.
Heritage Overlay Values
Newport heritage value is constantly under threat by new and conflicting developments. These degrade the overall heritage value of Newport, and impact individual properties and streets. There needs to be a cultural shift away from assuming that once the heritage value of a street is compromised by one out-of-character building, more out-of-character buildings and inappropriate developments are now ok. A shift to restoring and building style-complementing buildings needs to be implemented.